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Officials gather in Djibouti to mark the food aid ceremony.
June 21, 2012

The U.S. Government has donated food aid to benefit rural Djiboutians who have been affected by the chronic drought in this arid country. The $2.5 million worth food contribution will be distributed by the World Food Programme (WFP).  This donation is in response to the Djibouti government's drought appeal and will benefit approximately 70,000 rural residents during the current dry season. 

The food donation consisted of 800 metric tons of wheat flour, 590 metric tons of sorghum, 128.5 metric tons of pulses, 100 metric tons of vegetable oil, and 139.5 metric tons of wheat soya blend. 

The handover ceremony was attended by the U.S. Embassy, Djibouti Charge, Paul Pometto; Acting USAID Representative, Mark Mitchell; the Executive Secretary of Djibouti National Assistance Office for Refugees and Disaster Stricken People; Mr. Ibrahim Soubaneh; and Mr. Mario Touchette, the WFP representative of WFP.

Program context

Djibouti’s strategic location and moderate form of Islam position the country as an important partner to the United States Government (USG). USAID reestablished its office here in 2003 and has since provided development assistance for basic health services, basic education, democracy and good governance.

Djibouti faces many challenges, including chronic drought, food insecurity, a severe lack of skilled workers, significant unemployment, high electricity costs, poor health indicators, numerous refugees, and nascent government and political systems. 

Last updated: April 07, 2014

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